GTA Online – all good things… (pic: Rockstar Games)
Rockstar has announced it is to end support for the original versions of GTA Online this year, to make way for the current gen versions.
Grand Theft Auto 5 was first released in 2013 and in the proceeding eight years it’s managed to sell over 145 million copies and, thanks to over $6 billion in sales, become the most successful entertainment product of all time.
Much of that success has been via the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game, as well as the PC, but everything started with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. But since those formats are now two generations behind the times Rockstar is winding up their support.
That won’t affect anything to do with GTA 5’s story mode but after December 16 you will no longer be able to play the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions online, with microtransactions for Shark cards stopping on September 15.
This isn’t much of a surprise given that Rockstar stopped updating the Xbox 360 era versions of GTA Online as long ago as 2015, which means those versions haven’t had any new content since then.
Online support for Max Payne 3 and L.A. Noire will also be switched off on September 16, although since they’re primarily single-player games that mostly just means stat-tracking via the Rockstar Games Social Club.
The decision is being taken now because the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 versions of the game are due to be released this autumn, although for a brief period that does mean the same game will be available to play across three generations of consoles.
The next gen versions of GTA 5 will launch on November 11, including GTA Online, although what differences there might be between them and the last gen versions has still not been revealed.
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